Originally Posted by NJAngel021
I won't use those soft nails cause they can actually cause a infection
I don't think they will cause infection unless they aren't put on correctly or you are buying them too big. I have never had a cat get an infection and I have never known a cat too. I don't see what exactly would be getting infected? The cap only goes on the top layer of the claw and falls off when the claw shed the top layer. Unless you are using too big of caps and shoving it up into the skin or something, how the heck can anything get infected? It is only touching that little bit of claw. They only need to go on the ends on the sharp part.
Have you ever read about how the cat screams from the pain while being declawed even though they are put out for it? Or how a lot of cats rip off the bandages and bleed like crazy overnight after the declawing? Do you know they amputate the whole top of the finger, not just remove the claw? After declawing surgery cats sometimes literally bounce off the walls of the recovery cage because of excruciating pain
I definately agree that it is very rare that the CAT will need it, it is just for human convenience, laziness, and unwillingness to buy some scratchers maybe and show the cat how to use them. It is not hard. I have 6 clawed cats and they use their scratchers 95% of the time. An occational scratch on the carpet which is more of a scratch then anything else.
If you are considering declawing, read this little story about a nice little cat named Fluffy http://declaw.lisaviolet.com/declawvettch.html
It graphically tells you exactly what happens during a declaw surgery from the point of view of the vet tech who is helping out. If this doesn't make you never want to declaw again, well, I bet it will, please read it and check out the whole site here http://community-2.webtv.net/zuzu22/...clawtemporary/
which tells everything about declawing and alternatives. Scroll down to What You Need to Know... and check out the links.